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Dell Unveils First USB 3.0 Laptop

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Dell Unveils First USB 3.0 Laptop

There never seems to be a good time to upgrade your computer, but when this hits shelves you will be more future proof than most...

Dell has announced exciting upgrades to its flagship 'Precision M6500' line, namely Intel dual core i5 or i7 processors and the option of a USB 3.0 port. The choice of processors is less interesting since this workstation-class model already offers an Intel Core i7-920XM Quad Core Extreme Edition, so their introduction actually slows it down/saves money. Not often you can say that about i5 and i7 CPUs.

Instead, what is far more interesting is the option of fitting a single USB 3.0 to replace one of the four USB 2.0 ports already available. The M6500 is the first Dell laptop to offer this and, given its power user audience combined with the potential 10x performance boost of USB 3.0 over its predecessor, and you'd have to say it should prove a popular option. Sadly, Dell has yet to reveal just how much the upgrade will set us back.

Elsewhere a higher res 3.2MP integrated webcam can also now be chosen, while a 64GB SSD 'mini card' will be available too. If the latter is based on the new ultra portable solid state drive universal format that would also be an industry first. Other niceties include a 17in RGB LED display and thorough choice of Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Red Hat Linux OSes.

Touchdown for the revised Precision M6500 is claimed to be late February and if it proves too rich for your blood bear this exciting prospect in mind: other manufacturers can't be far behind...

Links:

via Notebook Italia (translated)

Dell M6500 Product Page

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xbrumster

February 8, 2010, 7:54 pm

looks beefy. more expensive than alienware entry lvl?

Vivid

February 8, 2010, 10:34 pm

@xbrumster





We use the Precision M6400s at work, they're quick, very quick, but they're also chuffing hot and heavy and a lot of the cost is wrapped up in the ISV ceritified graphics cards. Unless you do a lot of 3D modelling in OpenGL based software you'd get much better value for money elsewhere. The power supply is also bigger than most of Volkswagen's current range of cars.

HarryGlass

February 9, 2010, 6:42 am

I wish manufacturers would get a move on with USB 3.0. I gave my netbook to my mum for her birthday and I really need to replace it with something shiny for myself. But I am waiting for some USB3 options.

crepello

June 28, 2010, 4:21 am

Your article mentions Dell laptops. I phoned Dell 4 or 5 times between January and May asking when would USB 3.0 ports be available on Dell desktops. None of the people I spoke to had any idea of when they would be available. I asked them to phone or send me an email when they knew anything. It is now 28th June and I still haven't heard anything. Thank you.

Gordon394

June 28, 2010, 4:25 am

@crepello - unfortunately we can only write at the time what Dell promises. It seems they have missed their launch dates badly.

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